Blue Jays claim Andy Dirks off waivers from Tigers

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Andy Dirks missed the entire season following back surgery and then a hamstring injury, and rather than keep him around via the arbitration process the Tigers placed him on waivers. And the Blue Jays claimed him.

Dirks is hardly a star-caliber corner outfield bat and had a poor 2013 season, but he’s a 28-year-old career .276 hitter with a .745 OPS in 297 games and at worst could be a solid platoon player if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.

He figures to get somewhere around $2 million in 2015, but the Blue Jays aren’t necessarily committed to keeping him either.